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Should Congress control fish hatcheries?

Rep. Gosar bill would bar fish hatchery closures without an act of congress

The US House Natural Resources Committee yesterday approve a bill by U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar to put a halt to the closure of any more federally operated fish hatcheries without specific permission from Congress.

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Rain Temporarily Stalls Managed Fires in Greater Grand Canyon Area

Widespread rain has temporarily stalled the growth of the four lightning-caused fires that are being managed to improve forest health on the Kaibab National Forest and on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Fire managers expect that the four fires, which have been burning since earlier this month, will continue growing and benefiting the ecosystem as drier conditions return to northern Arizona over the next few days.

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Out in the cold

Payson Education students have nowhere to go now

In May, Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell sadly closed the doors on the Payson Education Center (PEC), leaving around 50 students without a school.

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Fire near Tonto Basin expected to grow to 100 acres

Crews manage fire to thin overgrown brush

The lightning caused Browns fire was reported July 26, at 2:15 p.m. It is burning on the north side of Browns Peak in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, 10 miles south of Tonto Basin.

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Tim Wright, Candidate for Judge of the Superior Court Q & A

What’s the single most important quality for a judge to have? Good Judgment and the Demeanor/Ability to control the Courtroom tie for the most important quality of a judge. A judge must have good judgment. The primary job of a judge is to make decisions. He must be able to make factual findings, know the law, and then apply the law to the facts to come to reasoned decisions. Judges must also have the demeanor to, in a professional manner, control what is happening in the Courtroom. This begins with respect for the various parties before the Court and a demand that the parties respect the Court.

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Site shopping

Alliance studying costs of four sites for university

The Rim Country Educational Alliance has hired the Tetra Tech engineering firm to provide a detailed analysis of four possible university sites, including the preferred 253-acre Forest Service-owned parcel on which the Alliance will get an appraisal in the next few weeks.

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Thinning contract: ‘A monumental task’

The logging company many hope will protect forested communities from catastrophic wildfires continues to struggle to marshal a massive effort, but hasn’t yet cut much, participants at a conference on Forest Health learned last week.

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Sheriff’s office warns of ‘deputy’ phone scam

Over the weekend, several people in Gila County received a phone call from a subject stating he was a deputy with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

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Community Almanac

Enjoy the music of England, Ireland and Scotland and help one of the area’s food banks for First Friday.

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Clubs and Organizations

Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers (RC4W) invite anyone interested in four-wheel-drive back road travel to join them at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Bashas’ shopping center parking lot in front of the Big 5 store.

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Even in down year, Diamondbacks worth the drive to Phoenix

More Than a Game

The Arizona Diamondbacks keep putting on the uniform and going out and trying to win ballgames. That hasn’t always been easy this summer.

University site second thoughts

So in a monster movie, what happens after the smug guy smirks, “Well, we’re safe now.” It’s totally predictable: The monster lunges out of the black shadows and swallows him whole.

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Flash flood covers Houston Mesa Road in boulders

Flood traps people at Water Wheel

Perhaps a dozen people were trapped Sunday night when car-size boulders flooded Houston Mesa Road, trapping them in a parking lot.

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Senior Circle Calendar of Events: Week of July 28

MONDAY: Tai Chi 9-10 a.m.

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When a hernia happens

Hernias are common. They can affect men, women and children. A combination of muscle weakness and straining, such as with heavy lifting, might contribute.

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Naps are more than nice, they’re good for you

According to the National Sleep Foundation, a short nap of 20 to 30 minutes can improve alertness and performance without creating feelings of grogginess or interfering with nighttime sleep.

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Dorough edges Lindsey in PMGA playoff

Takes advantage of sliced drive on extra hole to claim President’s Cup

Winning the Payson Men’s Golf Association President’s Cup wasn’t something Dan Dorough even pondered. He’d never won a golf tournament, much less a major like the President’s Cup.

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PRMC brings Electronic Health Records to patients

Payson Regional Medical Center wants to help create a healthier community by encouraging patients to become active partners in their care by accessing, adding and managing online health-related data.

Preventive care for our wildfire crisis: Trust me, I’m a doctor

As we embark on another dangerous wildfire season, it is of the utmost urgency that we adopt a forward-thinking, active management strategy that combats dangerous wildfires before they get started.

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PRMC, CERT have decontamination drill

In a combined community response drill, Payson Regional Medical Center and the Payson area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) rallied in the early hours of Thursday, July 24 to prepare a portable emergency decontamination unit. After a morning briefing and inventory preparation, the team set out to raise the structure and test it in a timely fashion.